Certificate in Management Studies (CMS) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry


About the course

The Certificate in Management Studies is a management development programme for existing or aspiring managers in industry, business, and the public and voluntary sectors.

The aim of the course is to help you acquire and develop the skills and knowledge you need to become a more effective manager. It's a gateway to build on your career status and help improve your management opportunities. It also provides you with the academic qualifications to back up your on-the-ground experience and enhance your professional profile.

In 2016 the CMS cohort of students won a 'Kirklees Adult Learners Award' in the Outstanding Group Award category.

The main emphasis of the course is on the development of personal and professional skills, techniques and qualities required to help you in your management role.

The course offers you the opportunity to mix with and learn from like-minded aspiring managers who represent a diverse range of roles and experience from public and private sector organisations.

Start date:
25 / 09 / 2017


1 year part-time

Entry requirements

• You do not need to have a formal degree level qualification. Nevertheless, you will need to be able to demonstrate your enthusiasm and ability to undertake the course, from both an academic and personal perspective.

• The course requires considerable commitment and is appropriate if you want to take your management career further through formal study.

• You are expected to have a minimum of two years' relevant experience.

Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.


Rachel Cockman (Course Leader)
Tel: 01484 471469
Email: r.cockman@hud.ac.uk

Course Assistant
Telephone: 01484 472956
E-mail: sbuscourseadmin@hud.ac.uk

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Course content

The course puts emphasis on the development of both academic and practical skills. We'll provide you with the opportunity to learn from your workplace experiences of handling real management issues, and enhance this with concepts and theories to help you see the bigger issues affecting organisations.

The course consists of four core modules that cover a broad range of management areas:

Managing People

This module will help you develop the knowledge and skills required for effective working relationships in your management and leadership roles. We review your people management skills in relation to the work context using frameworks and ideas from social psychology and human resource management. This module is assessed by a group assignment analysing a people management case study and an individual essay reviewing HR issues in your organisation.

Managing Finance and Information

This module helps participants to understand how finance and information systems impact on operational and strategic business decisions. From a practical perspective the teaching and learning process will help you to understand how decisions are made in your organisations and how you can reconcile financial and performance data in your decision making practice. The module is assessed by a case study analysis.

Managing Oneself: Personal Development

This module encourages you to explore models of personal and professional development. On completion of this module you will know how to produce a learning and development plan that addresses the gap between current and expected level of performance. Assessment is through a personal development portfolio and an individual presentation.

Managing Operations, Projects and Services

This module introduces the fundamental principles of Operations and Project Management; looking at how organisations deliver goods and services that will satisfy the customers' needs, whilst making most effective use of resources. This can only be achieved by giving attention to the design of products, processes, and the work for employees; as well as through the competent planning and control of operations and projects. This module is assessed by a report.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

The CMS is a valuable qualification in itself and should provide you with the means to make an impact in your work environment and help realise your career ambitions. You might also have the confidence and aspiration to take your learning and development to the next level.

The CMS is an ideal stepping stone to further achievements and would provide you with the academic entry qualifications for the [Master of Business Administration (MBA)|00006352]

Professional links and accreditations

The Business School is an official HE Partner of the Chartered Management Institute. You have the option to register with the CMI to achieve an additional Level 6 CMI qualification with no additional work.

Teaching and assessment

The course lasts one year from September to June and offers flexible study options to fit around your current commitments. You can study either:

• Monday evenings 6-9pm (plus 4 additional days)

• Block mode delivery (subject to numbers)

Our teaching staff have extensive experience gained from the commercial and public sectors which means they are in-tune with the workplace and development issues you face. You'll also have the chance to learn from fellow students and contribute your own experience to the classroom environment. As your needs will vary, the course offers a flexible approach to the process of learning.

You will be encouraged to be involved in directing your own individual studies and participate in discussion groups. Our emphasis is on encouraging your learning and development through assignments, projects, group work, workplace learning and portfolios. There are no exams as part of your assessment.


We can guarantee to provide you with a modern and professional place in which to study and learn. Our purpose-built new Business School only opened in 2010 following an investment of £17m. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with high quality environment in which to learn and develop.

The building features modern, spacious classrooms with excellent IT facilities and there are a number of computer labs for general student access.

Another key feature is the social space available, where you can gather to study or just relax. ‘The Street', at first floor level, provides a cafe selling excellent coffee and food, soft seating, tables, WiFi internet access and a terrace overlooking the courtyard, with vending facilities if you're in a hurry or working late.

We're located just across the canal from the main campus; the library and student centre are a few minutes away.

The University of Huddersfield campus is located in the town centre allowing you easy access from public transport (the bus and rail stations are no more than 10-15 minutes walk away) and the major road and motorway networks across West Yorkshire.

How much will it cost me?

Tuition fees for students joining the course in 2017 are £1,985

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, please visit the Fees and finance webpages. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you graduate from your CMS course directly onto the [MBA|00006352] at Huddersfield you are eligible for a progression discount of £1000 from your MBA tuition fees.

Other information

The course philosophy reflects:

• An integrated approach to personal development. We put your development as a practicing manager at the forefront of teaching and learning.

• A broad introduction to management theory and practice, using a variety of teaching and learning approaches.

• An emphasis on learning to learn. We also help you to develop your academic skills and competencies.

The course content, structure and assessment have all been designed to bridge the gap between knowledge, understanding and skills and their practical application to your workplace.

You have the option to register with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to achieve an additional Level 6 CMI qualification with no additional work.

For advice and guidance on your part-time postgraduate study options join us at our next Part-time Study Evening.

Find out more about the professional bodies we work with: Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development| http://www.cipd.co.uk/]

How to apply

You can find further information about part-time study and an application form to download here

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.